A NURSE who caused the death of an infant by crudely circumcising him today walked free from Manchester Crown Court.
Grace Adeleye, 67, of Sarnia Court, Salford, was found guilty of manslaughter by gross negligence but was given a suspended sentence of 21 months, suspended for two years.
The case involved 27-day-old Goodluck Caubergs who died following the operation at his home in 2010.
Nigerian-born Adeleye was paid £100 to perform a “cultural circumcision” using the traditional clamp and cut method, a technique which the court heard has been “discredited” by medical professionals.
Goodluck’s parents, also Nigerian-born, were not aware that a proper procedure was available on the NHS and the infant tragically bled to death as a result of the operation.
The nurse stated in the trial that she had performed more than 1,000 circumcisions over the course of a 40-year career, but stopped after baby Goodluck’s death.
The defence argued in mitigation that Adeleye, a grandmother caring for her two-year-old grandson, was of good character and had no previous disciplinary hearings against her.
The court also heard that Adeleye had not breached any guidelines or guidance from the Nursing and Midwifery Council when performing the circumcision and the procedure she had carried out was not illegal.
The defence argued:
There was no casual disregard or failure to accept or recognise a departure from an acceptable standard of care??.
Mr Justice Lindblom sentencing said:
This was a tragic death that could have been avoided if, as the jury believed, more care had been taken in the carrying out of the duties and responsibilities.??
Although you have shown remorse and sorrow for the death, you have not fully acknowledged your role and responsibility for it.??
However, the court heard that this could have been because of a language barrier when preparing the pre-sentence report.
The conditions of the sentence require Adeleye to not re-offend in the next two years, report to an officer when required and maintain a curfew at her home between the hours of 9pm and 7am for six months.
Hat tip: Pete H and BarrieJohn